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CASIO Deems Renewable Alternatives to Natural Gas Plant More Expensive

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By Editors of Power Engineering

The California Independent System Operator’s study into renewable energy alternatives to the construction of a new natural gas plant has concluded substitutions are workable, but more expensive.

CASIO submitted three alternatives to state regulators, which would use solar power, energy storage and energy use reduction, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The three proposals would cost between $309 million and $1.1 billion. By contrast, NRG Energy’s 262-MW Puente natural gas project would cost $299 million.

The California Energy Commission will make the final decision on whether to allow the gas plant to move forward or proceed with renewable energy alternatives. 

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